Do you ever get those moments when you just want to pack up and go on an adventure?
Yeah I get those all the time, so on my lunch break last Thursday I booked a campsite in Dorset to spend the weekend at. That evening was a frenzy of packing and scouting out all the camping equipment from the back of the garage. But by midnight we had a tent, wetsuits, food and the other camping essentials stuffed into the back of our car.
After work on Friday we set off for Dorset. We were heading for a campsite just outside the small town of Wool, about 2 and a half hours away from Exmouth. It wasn’t long until we were pitching the tent at Primrose Farm Campsite.
A short while and some confusion with tent poles we had a tent to sleep in. The campsite had fire pits which we could borrow to have our own fires so off we headed along the footpaths into the woods behind the campsite to search for kindling to start our fire. While on our walk we came across a section of the woods which had pigs living on it. These pigs were there to help regenerate the land. After a short while of watching them , 3 curious little pigs came up to say hello.
The rest of the evening was spent attempting to cook dinner on a gas hob without any oil (cider is an okay alternative if you were wondering!), and stargazing while sitting around a toasty fire.
Starting off the morning with some eggs and quorn bacon, Joe and I got ourselves ready for a busy day at Lulworth Cove.
The cove itself is one of the most iconic features of the Jurassic coast and is a fascinating place for those interested in geology. The rock formations of cliffs and the different types of rock that form the horseshoe cove are interesting to learn about.
We spent the morning walking around the paths leading to the top of the cliff allowing us to see the cove from a new angle, view the beautifully details coastline and look across the sea to Portland. After a short walk, we headed down to the beach and enjoyed some time relaxing before taking on a new activity… Paddleboarding!
Paddleboarding is an activity I have wanted to try for ages. I booked us in for the 2:30 slot (the last slot they had when booking on Friday) with Jurassic Coast Tours. The provide a range of waterspout activities including coasteering, kayaking and of course paddleboarding. It was great fun attempting to paddle board around the cove, going around the boats and falling in the sea several times. Much harder work than I expected it to be… but I will talk more about that in a later blog post.
From falling during our paddleboarding experience I discovered the sea was a nice cool temperature so to finish up our day we went for a swim around Lulworth Cove before heading back to the campsite.
Our evening was spent munching on pasta, sipping hot chocolate and listening to the crackle of the fire.
Early morning of sorting and packing up the tent. Luckily the wet suits had dried in the night and we were ready to go swimming again. A quick stop off at the local shop for a bacon butty and we were on our way to Durdle Door.
Durdle Door, is a huge natural limestone arch around the corner from Lulworth Cove. The arch itself was formed over 25 million years ago when two tectonic plates (the African and European plates) collided, and the ripples from this collision caused rocks to fold and form the coves and coastline we see today. The sea broke through the limestone and washed away all the softer rock layers to form the beautiful Durdle Door arch.
Being a sunny and warm weekend the whole area was swarming with tourists, however this didn’t detract from the view of the area.
Right next to Durdle Door is another cove/beach called Man O’ War. This cove caught my eye as we walked down the cliff towards it. The detail and geology of the cliff was fascinating. The sea was a deep clear blue colour. So tempting to swim in, and that’s just what we did.
Spending an hour swimming, floating and snorkelling around the cove, is something I recommend to anyone heading to the Jurassic coast. The water was clear enough that we could see various fishes and the rock formations from below the water.
After hiking back up the cliff and wiggling our way out of our wetsuits, it was time to start heading back home. Enroute we stopped off at Weymouth. This town was very busy and a key tourist beach town for Dorset. A beach made up of both sand and pebbles stretched for over a mile, water sports taking place at one end and a land train that travels from the sea life centre down to the pier runs along the sea front.
A few hours later we were back, unpacked and had started looking at other places to go explore.
Have you been to Dorset?
If so what parts? Or where would you like to go in Dorset?
I know Weymouth is somewhere I am going to visit again, so I can enjoy some time on the beach and get rid of those 2p’s at the arcade. Oh and go on the Skyline too, so I will share all of that with you once I’ve visited!
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See you next time and happy adventuring!